The NSW Government has allowed for more lethal beach nets to be dropped in NSW beaches. Ineffective nets which don’t protect people but do indiscriminately kill marine life such as dolphins, turtles, dugongs, rays and endangered sharks. So if nets aren’t the answer to beach safety, what is?
I love the oceans. There, I've said it!
I live in Sydney so I'm always pretty close to a beach, and am lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in the ocean. Working at Greenpeace on oceans issues, I also spend a lot of time thinking about them. It is the nature of our role to highlight the issues that affect the world around us, but every so often it's important to just stop, and smell the sea air.
I’ve spent a significant portion of the last 6 years forcing turtle poop through a sieve. Seriously. As a sea turtle researcher focused on understanding the what, why, and where of turtles eating harmful plastics, I’ve had to cut open hundreds of sea turtles stranded dead on beaches in Moreton Bay and the Queensland coast to see what is in their digestive system.
Have you seen the news? John West, Australia’s biggest tuna brand with over 40% of the market, has announced their complete transition to FAD-free tuna sourced from the Pacific (FADs are fish aggregating devices - which act like fish magnets, drawing in tuna and other marine life making them easier to find and scoop up in giant nets, but also resulting in a ten-fold increase in bycatch). They’ve met the agreement they made to Greenpeace - and to you - way back in 2012. Congratulations - we’ve come along way.